Presentation on theme: "S EEKING A U NIFIED R EADING E NVIRONMENT FOR A LL P RINT D ISABILITIES Patrick Burke Coordinator of Disabilities and Computing Program University of California,"— Presentation transcript:
S EEKING A U NIFIED R EADING E NVIRONMENT FOR A LL P RINT D ISABILITIES Patrick Burke Coordinator of Disabilities and Computing Program University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Kevin Price Assistive Technology Specialist University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Overview Advantages and Disadvantages of using iOS applications versus Standard Assistive Technology Applications Explore Voice Dream iOS application and its possibilities and limitations Compare and Demonstrate VoiceDream and other iOS applications including iReadWrite and ClaroSpeak for the iPad Group Discussion of iOS Success Stories
Advantages and Disadvantages of using iOS applications versus Standard Assistive Technology Applications Advantages – Less Expensive – Many Have iOS iPhones and iPads – No Stigma (cool factor) – Mobile technology goes with the user – May be simpler to use for users
Advantages and Disadvantages of using iOS applications versus Standard Assistive Technology Applications (continued) Disadvantages – Less features than many Assistive Technologies – May have less support – No Refunds – Insurance may not cover – Have to deal with iOS proprietary environment
Overview of Voice Dream ($9.99) Innovative Development Winston Chen, developer; first release, Feb., 2012; new features launching faster than I can test... Controls/gestures modeled on MP3 players Fast Forward/Rewind can be set to paragraph, bookmarks, or various time units Organize by folder or playlist Combines blind-friendly and LD-friendly features
Overview of Voice Dream (cont.) 78 voices/languages free in iOS7 enhanced for Voiceover Text-to-Speech with Dual Color Highlighting font selection; Focused Reading mode Easy Integration with other Apps Dropbox, Evernote, Instapaper, Gutenberg Imports PDF, HTML, DOC/X, PPT/X, Pages, Keynote, non-DRM ePub, txt-DAISY, Bookshare Doesn't have LD writing support. Text Editor allows editing of text to be saved/exported.
Overview of iReadWrite ($19.99) – Text-to-Speech with Dual Color Highlighting – Contextual Word Prediction – Phonetic Spell Checker – Sounds Like and Confusable Word Checker – Text and Picture Dictionary – Customizable Background and Text Colors – Choice of Voices and Fonts – Import Documents – Share, Print, and Export Documents
Overview of ClaroSpeak ($6.99) – Text-to-Speech – High Quality Voices – Word Prediction – Visual Highlighting – Save to Audio – Send Text – Dropbox Integration – Spell Check – Dictate – Speak in Background – Language Learning
Group Discussion of iOS What other apps have you found success using to replace traditional assistive technology? What feature of traditional assistive technologies are you missing in iOS? Are the disadvantages of iOS applications overcome by the advantages such as price and mobility? Do you have any success stories of people using iOS with the new assistive applications? Do you believe that future of assistive technology access to be brighter with the advent of iOS applications?
Thank you! Patrick Burke University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Email: email@example.com Kevin Price University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org